Scoring the opening four goals in a 10-minute span, Wesleyan grabbed the early lead and never trailed in downing Skidmore, 11-8, Wed., March 20 in just the third meeting of the squads and first in 11 years. Wesleyan now holds a 2-1 edge. Kayla Ellman '13 (photo lower right) picked up two of the first four goals on her way to a four-goal afternoon. Joining her with four goals was top scorer Kaylin Berger '13 (photo left side), as she improved her seasonal goal figure to 14 and along with two assists, now has 89 career points. Ellman is second in scoring with seven goals and two assists for nine points. She also is eyeing the 100-point plateau with 88 career points.
Though Skidmore narrowed the difference to a lone goal at 4-3, the Cardinals got the last two goals of the half for a 6-3 lead as Ellman made it a hat trick during the opening 30 minutes. The Cardinals' lead never fell below two goals in the second half and pushed back up to four goals at 9-5 with 11:13 left on Ellman's fourth tally. Maddy Coulter '14 who had a pair of markers, and Berger accounted for the final two Cardinal goals.
In net, Nina Labovich '16 (photo upper right) turned aside eight shots for a 50.0 save percentage on the day. Wesleyan had a 27-18 shot margin.
Next up for the team was a home NESCAC matchup with Middlebury, ranked fourth nationally, Sat., March 23. The game went to the Panthers by an 18-5 count. Wesleyan drew first blood as Ellman scored 6:14 into the contest, but Middlebury rattled off seven straight over a 12:05 span for a 7-1 lead and held a 9-2 edge at halftime. Berger got the Cardinals second goal as she and Ellman both have 90 career points after Ellman added a second goal during the second half. Also scoring for Wesleyan over the final 30 minutes were Maddy Coulter '14 and Lydia Kring '13. Labovich turned aside 11 Panther shots. Middlebury generated a 21-4 edge in draw controls and a 34-11 shot differential.
Wesleyan will be out-of-conference for its next game, hosting Dominican (NY) Thurs., March 28.